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“She’s Never Found Peace Since She Left His Arms”: First Edition

Of

Jude The Obscure

, In Very Rare Original Dust Jacket

66. HARDY, Thomas.

Jude the Obscure.

London, 1896. Octavo, original

blue-green cloth, dust jacket.

$8200.

First edition, first issue, of Hardy’s controversial final novel, with map

and lovely frontispiece etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn, in very scarce

original dust jacket.

Burned by a bishop and banned for its “indecency,”

Jude the Obscure shocked Victorians with its mentions of suicide, sexual-

ity, and illegitimate children.

Jude the Obscure

was received with mixed reviews due to its disturbing

content and implications that it was autobiographical. Discouraged by

the outraged response to the story, Hardy devoted the rest of his career

to writing poetry and published no further novels.

First issue;

mixed

first and second state, mixed states are very common (Purdy, 87). Book

near-fine. Dust jacket, rarely seen, with two-inch section containing

publisher’s name missing at foot of spine, front and rear panels toned

but intact, attached to the spine with tape on verso, some light wear

along edges, long split to front flap fold. A desirable copy in the very

scarce original dust jacket.

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